Contest Trucker Tips and Techniques Contest Etiquette

Recently there have been a number of friends who have asked me questions in regards to contesting. Specifically they were asking questions which they ought to have known if they have been contesting long enough. So this Blog post is aimed at setting the record straight for them and for all those new contesters out there who wish to contest successfully.

Contesting Etiquette is an unwritten rule. Sure it has it’s formal roots which are those made up of the contest entry rules and regulations that the sponsor lays out. Rather these rules are of the unwritten variety which every contester should know if they plan on succeeding in contests and without irking many of their fellow contesters out there.

Rule #1 Do Not Post Your Link on Another Contester’s Entry!

This is a rather bothersome and contentious issue which needs to be addressed. When a fellow contester asks for votes, this is not an invitation to post your link on their entry asking for a vote back. This is a complete show of disrespect for another contester and can lead to disqualifications by some sponsors. Doing this shows a lack of respect for your fellow contester.

Rule #2 Ask Before You Post On Another’s Wall

There is nothing more irritating than seeing posts of others on someone’s wall asking for votes. If you need a vote, ask! Don’t assume and post your link. Many times sponsors check out our walls to see what we are doing. Perhaps they are looking to see if we shared our posts about their company and organization. Leaving a vote request without asking or any other form of media is tacky. There are times when it is acceptable to do this for example if you are inviting them to attend or like a page, but leaving your vote link without asking is tacky and disrespectful.

Rule #3 Don’t Hit and Run With Your Vote Request

This is a real irritant. Those who pop up in chat with vote requests and no sooner than they have posted the request they are suddenly offline. If you have the nerve to ask someone in chat for a vote, be gracious enough to wait for a response and repay the favor! Doing the Hit and Run is irritating and frustrating for many contesters and can cause anger in some contesters.

Rule #4 Send One Link Maximum Two In Chat For Votes

Oftentimes there are a certain few individuals who have multiple contests going on at once. I see this as being greedy. If you have more than one contest going on ask for a vote in your chat with one or two. I have better things to do with my time…like sitting here writing my blogs about it, driving a truck and working and entering contests than voting your 5 requests you sent me in chat. Send me one a day and I will be happy. My opinion, concentrate on one or two contests at a time and don;t be greedy. Save some for the rest of those who would also like to win once in a while.

Rule #5 Don’t Compete Against Your Friends

This is one thing that bothers me. Friends pitted against friends. I have seen so many friends unfriending one another over contests. If you can agree with your fellow comper to help you in the next one then stay out of their contest and assist them in theirs. If they were in it first, leave it to them. Don’t try to beat your friends.  I do happen to take offense with those who enter every contest they see. If this is the case, then by all means go against them. It would only be fair since you cannot expect to avoid every contest. To me there are some who if a person had a contest sign branded on an ass they would try to enter it!

Rule #6 Enjoy Your Contesting

We are only human. We try to develop relationships and friendships on Facebook as much in real life. If you are not a true friend and are using fake accounts to contest with then I would personally help you to the door to piss off. To me, Facebook contests are a social interaction. If you want my vote then chat with me, talk with me and enjoy my company every so often. Perhaps even learn what I am doing or what kind of work I do. Maybe read a blog or two I write. If your account is simply an “Operation Contest” Account and this isn’t the real you then by all means pack up your bags and leave my company. Otherwise, enjoy the company of your friends and ask for a vote…or two!

Rule #7 Don’t Take It Personal

If you lose a contest, don’t take it personal. Move on to the next one and let it go. Contests are like the Sands of Time. There are just so many with little time to do them.

Rule #8 Don’t Invite People Your Not Friends With

This one really pisses me off. I will be on the road and my Blackberry goes “Ding”, “Ding” “Ding”…each and every time someone responds to a vote on an event I was invited into by someone whom I am not friends with. My first thought…wtf and how did I get invited when we are not even friends. Then of course there is nothing I can do about it. Blackberry options are limited as to what I can do with my account. So I have to wait and bear it out.

Well there you have it friends. These are some of the unwritten rules. There are for sure more than this, but I am sure you will learn them as you go along. Perhaps you have more to add to this list. If you know more or you have something that bothers you, feel free to share them. Thanks for reading Contest Trucker Tips and Techniques. As always stay safe and enjoy your contesting. Have fun!

Contest Trucker


Contest Trucker Tips and Techniques Sharing the Love


We all see it. So and so sent me to this page. I am here because of so and so. Whichever way we word it, this is sharing.Now don;t get me confused. There is sharing with the intention of winning and there is sharing with the intention of giving thanks to the person who referred you to the page. That is what the subject of this blog is about. Sharing and giving thanks to your fellow contesters for sending you to them. Why you ask? Well I will highlight the key points of this further on.

Sponsors Love it

Now some of you may disagree with this point, but sponsors love being shared. They love someone sharing with their friends and they love people coming to their page saying someone sent them. Why? Because it shows that you care enough about their page to share it. And the person going there is liking that sponsors page and by giving thanks to the person who sent them there is respectful enough to say they liked that page because of you!

It doesn’t take a sponsor long to clean up their page and actually a sponsor has a choice to block posting on their walls. If they didn;t want you to post they have the option to exclude it. Also, there are actually 2 sections to the postings. One is reserved only for the sponsors posts so people can weed out whomever is not the sponsor by clicking on that or they have the option to see what everybody is saying by clicking most recent on the subject header on the sponsors wall. This shows everyone including the sponsor.

What makes it so special that you should give thanks?

Often times as contesters we go to a wall because we saw a friend or many friends going there. This is the reason we are here and also have a chance to win a random draw. However, many sponsors will occasionally be so happy that they are getting so many new fans that this is where the key element comes in. Essentially you are referring your friends. Either through newsfeed, statuses, they see you liking the page from the side bar or they see a popup comment and they are also going there to like the page and also be entered. But what if the sponsor sees that people are giving thanks to one another for introducing them to the page. This would certainly make me as a sponsor happy. It encourages the sponsor to dig a little deeper for a few extra prizes. It makes the sponsor feel appreciated and certainly when someone gives me thanks it also makes me feel good.

The sponsor sees you being thanked

So the sponsor sees you being the primary person being thanked. Maybe they had originally intended to give out 1 prize! Maybe now that they see people thanking you for inviting them they will up the ante and give out extra prizes! You never know. It has happened in many contests I have been in and won and it continues to happen in current contests that even I am not a part of but see in my newsfeed. A current one in particular…Valencia on Facebook has ow just upped it from one prize to I believe 3 prizes. al because people are arriving and showing the love and saying they were sent there. It takes but a quick moment to give thanks and respect the person you are there because of.

Don’t be Greedy

Now there are times when this may be inappropriate. For example if you see a friend enter, please don;t contest steal from your friend. If for example your friend entered, don;t send 100 of your friends to say you sent them and steal the limelight from the original person who you got it from. If for example this is a wide open as in worldwide event where all those extreme coupon and extreme money savers are going because of a blog, then by all means feel free.

If this is a small sponsor whose likes are well under a 1000 people then I suggest allowing your contest friend to try and sway the opinion of the sponsor. By going there yourself and giving thanks without spreading the word is the best respect you can show a fellow contester.

It doesn’t always work

This method of contesting by petting the sponsor’s ego doesn’t always work. Sometimes you have to know when to fold them and give in. I watched one particular friend of mine who followed me to a sponsors doorstep and no matter how many times she coddled the sponsor and sent friends and made statements about how much she loved the sponsor, they turned a blind eye towards her. Knowing when to fold and accept the fact they may not give out another prize is the learning part. it is like getting a poker hand. You have to know when to fold and move on. Don;t be disappointed, just don’t try so hard to please others when it isn’t going to happen.

You can always tell

Sponsors are like a pet. They like to be petted. They have big egos and you can always tell when they are happy. They will give thanks and praise. They will interact heavily with their new found success and it is so easy to see this. If the sponsor is ignoring everyone, rarely comes on, hardly posts an update, your beating a dirty carpet abusively. It is time to give up then. So as in Poker, learn when to fold.

Stay safe and happy contesting my friends. If you enjoy my short articles, please feel free to share the love and sign up by email for the latest or you can follow with Google connect.

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